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The subject of this article appears in the Metro 2035 novel. The subject of this article appears in the Metro Exodus video game. The subject of this article appears in the Sam's Story DLC for Metro Exodus.


Don't worry man, everything's going to be A-OK!

— Sam

Lance Corporal Samuel "Sam" Taylor (Russian: Сэмюел "Сэм" Тэйлор) is a character who first appears in Metro 2035 and returns in Metro Exodus. A former United States Marine, he joins Artyom's crew aboard the Aurora armored train and serves as Colonel Miller's personal bodyguard. Sam is also a playable character in the Sam's Story DLC, that takes place after the events of Metro Exodus and sees Sam exploring the ruins of Vladivostok in hopes of finding a way to return to the United States and reunite with his father.

Biography[]

Born in San Diego, California, before the war Sam's father convinced his son to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. In the Marines, Sam served in the Middle East and Afghanistan, before being sent from war zone to war zone, eventually being stationed as a Marine Security Guard for the American embassy in Moscow, Russia. When World War III began Sam was in the Metro, which saved him from the bombs, but shortly after several Russian survivors attempted to lynch him for being American. He was saved by Miller who stopped them and convinced Sam to join the Spartan Rangers, where he eventually became the colonel's personal guard.

20 years later he and everyone else in the Metro thought Moscow was the only city where human still survived. Shortly before the Red Line initiated the Battle for D6, Sam was injured and wasn't able to fight in the battle. In the aftermath, he seemingly blamed himself for Miller being crippled in the battle, as after Sam recovered enough he didn't let anyone else push the colonel's wheelchair, and stayed close to him even after Andrew the Blacksmith made Miller a pair of prosthetic legs.

After Artyom discovered life outside the Metro, Sam became part of the newly formed Aurora Crew and left Moscow. While initially apprehensive about his loyalties, as Miller and most of the Spartans were convinced Russia was occupied by NATO forces, after realising that there was no occupation force and life outside Moscow, he began to dream about returning to the US and seeing his dad again. After the Aurora crew settled at Lake Baikal, he left not long after Miller's funeral to try to find a way to cross the Pacific Ocean go back home.

Sam's Story[]

After Miller's death, Sam left the order to head towards Vladivostok, expecting to find a boat there so he could cross the Pacific sea and return home. He was given Saul's van, which drove until it was broken, replacing it with a tractor which took him to Vladivostok. There he found a captain who showed him the local submarine, but before he could go and investigate he gets captured by locals who take him to their leader thinking he was with the captain.

Sam befriends the leader of the group, Tom, and thanks to them both being American, Tom offers him a ride home if he helps him. Sam accepts because Tom is in control of the submarine and thinks it’s his best chance of getting home. Eventually he finds and befriends the captain who agrees to help Tom transport power to the submarine.

When Sam gets back to Tom, the captain gives him the choice to blow up the submarine. The confrontation between Tom and the Captain gets interrupted when Clem, Tom’s right hand man, gets bandits to help him take over the Submarine which he plans to use to nuke other countries that blew up his. Sam fights his way to Klim but gets badly injured, Sam still bests him in combat and kills him.

Sam then has the choice to blow up the submarine, he can blow it up and stay stranded in Russia or not which helps him finally get home where he will continue searching for his father.

Trivia[]

  • Sam's English voice actor, Steve Blum, also voiced Hunter in Metro 2033. Additionally, his Russian voice actor, Mikhail Georgiu, also provides his voice to Khan.
  • Alongside John Daniels of The Roots of Heaven and the protagonist of The Outpost, as well as a very small number of other personas from stories of the Universe of Metro 2033, Sam and Tom belong to a small number of American characters in the Metro Series.
  • By his Russian comrades, Sam's name is actually pronounced Сэм (Sem); this is due to the fact that in Russia, similarly to Poland and other Eastern European countries, there is a tendency to learn English with an American rather than a British, Australian, or other accent.
  • Sam seems to be the resident cook aboard the Aurora, as he can often be found in the kitchen after the train acquires a carriage.
  • Sam is possibly named after "Uncle Sam", a personification of the U.S. Government used in propaganda and political comics.
  • Coincidentally, Sam's home city, San Diego, is a sister city of Vladivostok, the very city he enters to obtain a means to return to his hometown.
    • Despite being described as San Diego, both the documentary that can be shown for the Cinephile achievement and the ending cutscene for siding with Tom show San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge, rather than the San Diego-Coronado bridge that exists in real life.
  • Alongside Tom, Sam is the only other character to speak some actual English even when playing with the Russian dub, albeit with a very thick accent and emphasis being sometimes placed on the wrong syllables. About one in every five lines spoken by Sam will be in English. Some of these English lines will be displayed with Russian subtitles.
    • Similarly, in the English dub he is one of the few characters to speak Russian, albeit with an American accent, with him sometimes commenting in Russian upon finding supplies in Vladivostok.
  • After saving Anna during "The Volga" mission in Metro Exodus, if you stay at the entrance of the bunker where Sam is and listen to his conversation with Damir, you can hear him comment: "If I remembered how to speak English."[1] This suggests Sam doesn't know how to speak English and likely forgot after just speaking Russian in the Metro for years.

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  1. This is heard If you listen to Sam and Damir's conversation about NATO bases long enough.
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